Greek - King of Pherae. Son of Pheres and Peridymene. Brother of Lycurgus. Husband of Alcestis. Father of Eumelus, Hippasus and Perimele. He was one of the Argonauts and took part in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. When Apollo killed the Cyclops, Zeus ordered him to serve as a slave to Admetus for one year. With the help of Apollo he won the hand of Alcestis by driving a chariot drawn by a boar and a lion. He forgot to make a sacrifice to Artemis when he got married and the goddess filled his bed with snakes. Artemis promised that he should escape death if one of his family offered to die in his place. Alcestis poisoned herself to save him but was rescued from Tartarus either by Hercules, who wrestled with Thanatos, or by the mercy of Persephone. At times, identified as Admetus.

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